DJ Mark Radcliffe is to take time off from his BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music shows to have treatment for cancer.
The 60-year-old told listeners about his diagnosis while presenting The Folk Show on Wednesday evening.
“I’m sad to say that I’ve got some cancerous tongue and lymph node issues,” he said.
The presenter added he hoped to be back on the air in the New Year, “or sooner if I feel well enough”.
“It’s all been caught very early and so everything should be fine.”
Radcliffe confirmed he would broadcast his 6 Music show with Stuart Maconie on Thursday as usual, before going away.
He also shared the news on his Twitter account.
A BBC spokesman said: “Everyone at Radio 2 and 6 Music wish Mark well and we look forward to welcoming him back when he’s ready.”
Ricky Ross will present the Radio 2 Folk Show for the next few weeks.
Fellow presenters on the station were quick to tweet their good wishes to Radcliffe.
Ken Bruce added: “So sorry to hear this. Hope you’re back in action very soon.”
Radcliffe began his BBC career in 1983 and presented on both 5 Live and Radio 1 before he moved to Radio 2 in 2004.
While at Radio 1, he hosted the breakfast show as one half of duo Marc and Lard alongside Marc Riley.